Web Widgets for Dummies (written by a fellow dummy)

Widgets (aka gadgets or modules) are applications that are installed within a webpage, usually to enhance the experience of the visitor. Examples of Widgets are countdowns, daily weather apps, or games. There are many different types of widgets, one for almost every purpose.

Adding widgets is easy. Most of them exist already on the web for bloggers and webmasters to use. It is usually as easy as copying and pasting a code onto your site (most existing widgets are accompanied with instructions on how to properly install them). I would advise you to only add widgets that will add to the user experience on your blog/website and not distract from it. Widgets should be somewhat relevant to your blog/site, and act as supplements to them.

You can also create your own widgets using JavaScript, Flash, HTML, or CSS. It is easy to do (I’ve never done it but it seems to be a manageable task for newbies). WidgetBox is a popular source for creating widgets.

Since there are a wondrous amount of widgets on the web (many of them related to social media such as WordPress, Twitter, Skype, etc.), I suggest you to research a bit on the web to find one that will be appropriate and supplementary to your site/blog. You can also browse for widgets at Widgipedia, which features a variety of fun ones.

TheLoop also has its own widget called “Socialize”, click here to find out more about it.

Author: Patricia Pham, TheLoop Global Marketing Team

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